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Assassination of a SaintThe Plot to Murder Óscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice$
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Matt Eisenbrandt and Benjamín Cuéllar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286795

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286795.001.0001

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Baby Robbers, Mad Bombers, and Other Assorted Criminals

Baby Robbers, Mad Bombers, and Other Assorted Criminals

Saravia’s Escape to Miami Brings U.S. Foreign Policy Full Circle

Chapter:
(p.75) Seven Baby Robbers, Mad Bombers, and Other Assorted Criminals
Source:
Assassination of a Saint
Author(s):

Matt Eisenbrandt

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286795.003.0007

As the chapter describes the legal team’s continuing search for Alvaro Saravia, it provides the background on Saravia’s criminal past in El Salvador that led him to come to the United States. Salvadoran authorities finally launched a serious investigation into the Romero assassination leading to the testimony of the getaway driver, Amado Garay, and the arrest of Saravia in Miami. Roberto D’Aubuisson and others infuriated the U.S. government by undermining a case to have Saravia extradited to stand trial in El Salvador. With Saravia still facing immigration problems, a U.S. embassy official took advantage of Saravia’s predicament to get information from him about Romero’s murder. Those details largely matched the findings of a Truth Commission report issued a few years later, after the end of El Salvador’s civil war.

Keywords:   Saravia, extradite, Garay, D’Aubuisson, truth commission, Miami

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